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Indians Offseason???


With Francona becoming the leader of the Tribe what happens in the offseason??? Let’s evaluate it piece by piece

DH- I don’t see Hafner coming back without a MAJOR pay cut but the Indians have shocked me before.  What I do think will happen though is that the Tribe decides to rotate guys in the DH role but guys like Carlos Santana getting the majority of the reps and Matt LaPorta (providing he makes the team)

C- It should stay the same Carlos getting a lot of PT there and Marson getting more

1B- Here’s the position with the most question marks. Will Kotchman be back, will Ruzz Canzler get playing time there, will matt Laporta be back?? We shall see.  What i see is Matt Laporta and Casey Kotchman getting the majority of the resp

2b- 1 name KIPNIS

SS- A. CAB

3b- rather kevin youklis signs with cleveland or chistenhall and hanahan get the reps

inf role- look at 3b, phelps might get a shot,lillibridge

OF- Choo are everyday Brantly guys like Lillibridge and Canzler should still get a lot of playing time

Projected Rotation-

1.Justin Masterson

2. Free Agent pickup

3. Ubaldo Jimenez

4. Roberto Hernandez

5. David Huff/ Corey Kluber/ Jeanmear Gomez/ Zack McAllister/ Josh Tomlin (they will have to fight it out in Spring)

Bull pen-

Closer: CP

SU: Vinnie Pestano

MR: Joe Smith

Others (most likely to least likely): Cody Allen, Esmil Rodgers, Rafael Perez, Josh Tomlin, Tony Sipp, Nick Hagadone, Scott Barnes, Frank Herman, Free Agent, Chris Shelden

Trade Possiblities

Choo???- I dont see this happening the Indians I think will try and sign him to a long term deal, he will be in cleveland on oppening day, they might try and get a long term deal done by the end of spring

CP??- With Vinnie being able to close games this deal would make sense especially after Chris’s crude comments this past season, could get a pretty nice return (prospect wise)

Tony Sipp- A name that could pitch well in a different environment he seems like a NL pitcher

Masterson- this doesn’t look to be happening but if a fanastic return this could happen I don’t see it

Hannahan- ONLY if the Indians sign Youk there would be not point in having him with Chistenhall and Youk all on the same roster

 

Side Note: I feel as if Grady Sizemore will sign a minot league deal in this offseason

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July 15th


Derek Lowe was fantastic despite getting the loss.  He would have had a no hitter if the 3rd inning wouldnt have happened.  But during the 3rd toronto burnt lowe terribly.  It all started going sour when derek started the inning by walking the lead off hitter, J. P. Arencibia would single, that would score 1 due to a steal given up while Big Ben struck out.  Colby Rasmus would single as well bringing in Arencibia, Batastia would single (not bringing anyone in) Edwin Encarnacion would walk and Adam Lind would walk too bringing in a run.  Other than that inning  Derek Lowe allowed 1 baserunner (occurring on a walk).

Carlos Villanueva owned the Indians today allowing 3 hits and walked 5, and struck out 8.  Jason Frasor came in and held the indians in the 7th to a hit ,not allowing a run.  Then Darren Oliver came in and closed out a 2 inning save giving up a hit.

The main problem today was coming up with a hit in scoring position going 0-10… that was the PROBLEM

MVI- Derek Lowe

Good- Derek Lowe’s pitching, Michale Brantly came up with big hits

Bad- 0-10 with RISP not going to win

July 14th


ubaldo today pitched like Ubaldo that the Indians saw at first despite the fact he had been pitching well lately.  Ubaldo started off by walking 2 and then then to a 2 run double that would give the blue jays a 2 run lead. The Indians striked back though, they had the bases loaded and then walked shelly duncan which would bring in a run.  Then, the Casey Kotchman grounded into a double play that would score a run but that would be it.  Then in the 3rd Ubaldo was pounded with 6 more earned runs and would leave the game doing 2 1/3 innings of work scott barnes would continue the trend completely the rest of the inning giving up 2.  During this terrible inning the Indians pitching surrendered 2 singles, 2 walks, 4 doubles and 2 home runs

Shelly Duncan thought that the Indians should respond in the next half inning with a 2 run home run nobody would score for an inning then Toronto scored 1 more on a Edwin Encarnacion solo home run.  That would be all the blue jays would score in this game but the Indians made another run in the 8th when Santana would walk, a brantly homerun, a shelly duncan basehit, a casey kotchman homerun, a cab and kipnis walk and a hafner basehit to drive in kipnis but after that the indians did nothing

MVI- Daddy Duncan with a 3/4 day driving in 3

Good- Indians offense, bullpen in some respect

Bad- Ubaldo Jiminez

July 5th


Well you probably wondered coming in if the Indians offense could continue their hot streak with the bats.  The Indians in fact got the long ball working, first to start the game off choo hit one, then brantly, then pronk (unfortunately they were all solo bombs).  there was just 4 hits other then those shots.  None of which would score a run

The pitching from Tomlin though was on top of his game comparing he gave up just 2 hits in 7 innings of work.  In which he didnt walk a batter.  His run came on a triple then a ground out.  Finally after, Tomlin was done, pestano set up chris perez would would then record his 24th save

MVI- (without a doubt in my mind) Tomlin

Good-Fantastic pitching, home run ball

Bad-little offense besides the home runs

july 3rd


The Indians started off hitting well and pitching excellent.  Zack McCallister started off pitching a gem going perfect through 2 1/3 and then finally he blew up in the 5th giving up 5 runs, he would then continue another inning of work while joe smith came in.  Then vinnie pestano came in and recorded an out, finally the tarps came out and there was a rain delay.  About an hour later it was over.  The Indians pen then recorded 5 outs without giving a run up giving the indians the win in the game

The offense started with choo getting a triple and then eventually kipnis brought him in with a basehit.  Shelly Duncan later got a sac fly in the 2nd.  Jack doubled to bring in a run in the same frame.  Shelly then in the 4th hit a monster home run.  The Indians in the 5th caught the angels with a double from jose lopez.   The Indians then took the lead on an Albert Pujols throwing error that brought in two.  The Indians then had 2 innings that they scored 1 run in each.

MVI- Shelly Duncan

Good- The Indains pitching was fantastic except in the 5th and the offense supplied many runs

Bad- The error cost the Indians a couple runs, and the pitching in the 5th